The original Fiat 500, the Nuova, had a smaller two-cylinder engine than all other models, at 479cc (500cc nominal), hence the name, and produced just 13bhp. This model also featured a fabric roof folding all the way back to the rear of the vehicle, like that of a CitroÃ«n 2CV rather than the later roof design, which only folds half way back along the roof. The Nuova is one of three models featuring the \”suicide doors\”.
Made in Italy by Fiat, the 500 was marketed as a cheap and practical town car and became enormously popular across Europe. In 2007, the 50th anniversary of the original 500's launch, Fiat launched a similar styled, longer and heavier front wheel drive car, the Fiat Nuova 500.
Photography by Jason Hales.